This Is Why Healthcare Costs So Much - @majorityfm

Air Date: 12-11-13

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  • Adam
    commented 2014-02-26 10:26:03 -0500
    Going back to the trial data comparing these two drugs it does appear that there is a small safety difference. Lucentis (the expensive one) was slightly safer. (See – Figure 5. The safety difference may not be enough to justify the cost, but it seems reasonable for ethical doctors to recommend the safer option for their patient regardless of how much they get reimbursed. I don’t think you can assume they are choosing it just for the money. If, as a patient, I were given a choice between the two I would choose Lucentis, because I would not give up the small safety benefit just to save my insurance company some cash.
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